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Master Thesis

Application process

Master theses can be applied for all year round. Please send your application to the supervisor of the respective topic. Please use our application form and attach your curriculum vitae, a current transcript of grades as well as any existing diplomas to your application. In the case of unsolicited applications, we additionally ask you to describe your intention briefly but convincingly in the text of your e-mail to Prof. Dr. Laumer.

Prerequisites

Course of study Conditions
Arbeitsmarkt und Personal 5 ECTS of the chair available in the module catalogue or application for exemption
Economics application for exemption
Finance, Auditing, Controlling, Taxation application for exemption
Gesundheitsmanagement und Gesundheitsökonomie application for exemption
International Business Studies none (work must be written in English)
International Information Systems none
Management application for exemption
Marketing application for exemption
Maschinenbau (Studienrichtung International Production Engineering and Management) attended module at the chair
Sozialökonomik attended module at the chair or application for exemption
Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen attended module (of group M7) at the chair
Wirtschaftspädagogik application for exemption

Offene Themen

Topic Supervisor

According to various experts and studies, artificial intelligence (AI) should be capable in the medium to long term of reducing costs in the field of automobile production while improving quality. For this to happen, however, not only the right technology in the right places is needed, but also employees who accept and use the new technology. In the past, research has already been conducted at the Schöller Endowed Chair for Digitization to find out which factors play a role here. The aim of this master’s thesis is to quantitatively test the qualitative findings already gained in the next step. For this purpose, line workers and maintenance staff currently employed by an automobile manufacturer will be interviewed. So if you have access to these groups of people through previous internships, working student activities or from your private environment and you would like to actively work on new findings in the future of the automotive industry, this master’s thesis should be just right for you! If you are interested, please apply using our application form and your application documents to quirin.demlehner@fau.de.
Quirin Demlehner

A literature review should be conducted that summarizes the literature published about the use of machine learning (and similar approaches) in recruiting. The idea is to summarize the status quo, explain the basic principles and to derive a research agenda for the use of machine learning in recruiting. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.[/
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis students should analyze digital work systems. These work systems can either be changed because of a new digital technology being implemented or suffer from some challenges such that a recommendation on how to improve the design of the work system is required. In this thesis students should conducted interviews with participants of these work systems and use work system theory to analyze them. This thesis should be written with partners from industry. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis students should analyze Enterprise Social Networking or the use of Enterprise Social Media in organization. This can be done by conducting case studies and interviews with organizations offering ESN or with employees using ESN at their work. The master thesis can also consist of literature analysis of case studies reported in the literature to summarize the major lessons learnt from past research in this area. Another opportunity is to develop guidelines what organizations and individuals need to consider when offering ESN or when using them for work. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis student should focus on technostress, its causes and consequences. This can be done by case studies and interviews with people working in organizations. The master thesis can also consist of literature analysis of studies reported in the literature to summarize the major lessons learnt from past research in this area. Another opportunity is to develop guidelines what organizations and individuals need to consider in this area. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

The thesis aims to compare human-human interactions with automated human-computer interactions and to work out which features of digital counseling systems enable or inhibit the acceptance of such systems. The aim is to carry out an experiment by simulating a counseling scenario and by manipulating the acceptance of digital counseling systems.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

As part of a thesis, students should answer different questions on the subject of “chatbots”. For this purpose, use scenarios for different contexts (for example, medicine, personnel management, service, marketing, sales) can be studied, concrete challenges can be solved by prototypes or questions of chat bot acceptance can be analyzed.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

Since May 2018, the DSGVO has been fully applied and companies have had to adapt their business models and processes with regard to data protection requirements. The aim of the final papers is to carry out case studies in order to determine which changes companies, sports associations, clubs or other organizations had to make in order to implement the requirements of the DSGVO. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

Organizations try to implement digital technologies in a recruiting context to improve their recruiting processes and increase efficiency. The thesis aims to identify academic research within the field of AI recruitment by conducting a systematic literature review. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

Internet and technology based recruiting is already a common approach in human resource management (HRM) and e-recruiting has significantly spread in recent years. From an organizations point of view there are numerous advantages, e.g. increased speed of application handling. But what do candidates think of automated recruiting and the use of AI? The subject of this thesis is to analyze how job seekers assess automated recruiting and the use of AI in the recruiting process. For this purpose, interviews, focus groups or quantitative studies can be carried out. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

With the advance of digital technologies, there are chances to decrease discrimination and increase inclusion within organizations. The thesis aims to examine if automated recruiting can lead to less descrimination within the recruiting process. For this purpose, interviews, focus groups or quantitative studies can be carried out. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

In a professional world characterised by high fluctuation rates and constantly changing requirements regarding the competences needed, it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to be able to familiarise themselves with new topics quickly and easily. Digital technologies offer the possibility to strongly individualize the learning process. For example, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods can provide precisely tailored and detailed recommendations for personal development.The subject of this thesis is to analyze releant literature in this field. This thesis and the related application can be written in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

The OZG (Online Access Act) obliges public authorities to make all services available online by the end of 2022. The authorities concerned at federal, state and local level are currently using different systems and technologies for this purpose. These range from PDF forms to be printed out to continuous online processing. Requirements for the solutions result from the criteria authentication, confidentiality, integrity of data, written form requirement and proof of application in time.

In cooperation with the city of Erlangen, a framework concept for the implementation of the requirements of the OZG will be developed. Uniform process steps have to be identified and mapped to the required (micro) services, taking into account the existing IT infrastructure of the city of Erlangen. The use of existing solution components and solutions still to be expected at federal and state level are to be discussed. The potential of intercommunal cooperation at federal, state and municipal level should also be explored and, if necessary, strategies for concrete implementation should be determined. Please use the following form for your application: Bewerbungsformular-für-studentische-Abschlussarbeiten

Contact person: Paul Höfler, Phone: 49 (0) 9131/86-3051 Fax: 49 (0) 9131 86-1603.

Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer, Paul Höfler